The Relationship Between Short-Term Exposure to PM10 and Emergency Room Visits in Urban Area Near Copper Smelter
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Institute for Mining and Metallurgy, Zeleni bulevar 35, 19210 Bor, Serbia
University of Belgrade, Technical Faculty Bor, V.J. 12, 19210 Bor, Serbia
Milica Veličković   

University of Belgrade, Technical Faculty in Bor, Serbia
Submission date: 2021-11-01
Final revision date: 2022-01-27
Acceptance date: 2022-01-28
Online publication date: 2022-05-16
Publication date: 2022-06-20
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2022;31(4):3287–3296
A large number of studies have examined the effect of air pollution on mortality and morbidity. However, the most of those studies have investigated associations between air pollution and only one or two specific diseases such as cardiovascular, pulmonary and mental diseases or pregnancyrelated problems. This study aimed at exploring the risk effect of particulate matter air pollution on the emergency room visits for all these diseases in the city of Bor, Serbia. The data on daily emergency room visits between April 2014 and December 2018 as well as daily measurements of PM10 from 4 stations were collected. The Generalized-Additive Model (GAM) with quasi-Poisson regression was applied to assess the connection between daily PM10 and emergency room visits for each outcome. Calendar time, temperature and relative humidity were incorporated as confounding variables. Each 10 μg/m3 increase in PM10 at lag 0:3 day was associated with 0.33% (95% CI: 0.11, 0.54) and 1.22 % (95% CI: 0.73, 1.71) increments in admission for cerebrovascular diseases and pregnancy-related problems, respectively.